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Welp– It’s happening. We made it into the Copper Basin 300!

It turns out that I shouldn’t have been so nervous about that part, because only 34 teams have signed up this year… So there was not danger of not making it into the first 50 teams to sign up.

Still, getting on the roster is momentous. Because it means we’re doing this. For real. This little team and I. MY dogs and me. Going onward into a real, tough, multi-day race. I have raced a lot of races before. I have been around the mushing block. But this is different– And I’ll be honest. It’s scary!

It’s also exciting. Incredibly exciting. It’s happening. The thing I’ve dreamed about since I was a little kid. I’m on the path towards Iditarod now. This year, this step, is an important one. A deliberate one. Getting this race under our belt will be tough and testing and perfect for us. We’ll learn a lot. I’ll learn a lot! Even though I’ve done the race twice, doing all of this that adds up to the race is, in some ways, utterly new to me. I have to make the choices; I have to call the shots. I have to evaluate the team over and over, every day, and make sure they are getting exactly what they need, for about 100 days until we pull the hook at the start line, and see if my choices were the right ones.

What I have always wanted to do is now real. And that means that “training starts now.” For real for real this time. I keep saying that at every milestone. I’ll probably say it all the way up to the start and the finish of this year’s race!

I could not have made it even to the entrance of the race without the incredible, generous support of a lot of people all around the world who are following this little journey with such enthusiasm. Thank you. Thank you for believing in us, and cheering us on, and supporting us, and contributing funds. When I was dreaming of accomplishing this race this summer, it seemed out of reach. Now, not only is it possible, but we’ve made it over the first major hurdles. Our shed is full of dog food and straw. The entry fee has been paid. Hotel rooms are being lined out for the race.

The main thing now– Get those miles on! It’s up to me to get out there, put the harnesses on, keep the dogs happy and healthy, and train well. We’ve got a lot to do. You did (and are doing) your part. Thank you!

Now we’ve got some work to do.

Onward!

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Mari loves dog mushing, boxing, writing, and hiking. They spend their off time reading as much as possible and going to the movies.

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